Barry McBee serves as Special Assistant to the Chancellor, acting as the Chancellor’s Chief of Staff. He formerly served as Vice Chancellor and Chief Governmental Relations Officer at the University of Texas System since June 2006.
Prior to joining the UT System, he was first assistant attorney general to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and served as chief of staff for Rick Perry in both the Governor’s and the Lt. Governor’s offices. He also served as deputy commissioner of agriculture and was appointed by then-Governor George W. Bush to serve as chairman of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.
McBee served as a special assistant to the secretary of the cabinet of President George H. W. Bush. In the private sector he was a partner in Austin with the Houston-based Bracewell law firm and in the Dallas firm of Thompson & Knight.
McBee holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Oklahoma and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.
McBee and his wife, Susanna, are the parents of two Longhorns: Ross, a Plan II and biology graduate, now pursuing a Ph.D. at Columbia University, and JD, a government graduate.
McBee serves on the board of directors of Regents School of Austin and as a ruling elder and trustee at Redeemer Presbyterian Church.